Spring Cleanse Your Wardrobe

Spring Cleanse Your Wardrobe

This is an extra in the Spring Cleansing line up, but the timing is perfect so I had to share it with you!   Like many busy women, I used to have a closet full of clothes but nothing to wear.  I’d wear the same old outfits every week.  It wasn’t that I didn’t have great clothes, it’s just that I didn’t have time to figure out new ways to combine them, or how to add fun accessories to make the outfits look fresh. A few years ago I discovered Alison Lumbatis and her very fun Style Challenges.  I’ve been a huge fan ever since.  They are so.much.fun. When you join (and the challenges are super affordable), you get a shopping list for the upcoming challenge along with multiple suggestions on where to purchase each item.   Now before you get all worried about spending a fortune, I’ve found that most of the items I already had in my closet (or at least something similar I could substitute).  For example, for the last challenge I bought one pair of white jeans, a striped t-shirt and a pair of sandals.  That’s it.  I definitely spent less and bought less than I would have if I’d gone out to buy some new spring clothes on my own. When the challenge starts, each evening you’ll receive an email with the outfit for the next day.  Simply go to your closet, pull together the pieces and voila, you are ready to get dressed the next morning guaranteed to look cute and stylish.  There are tips for small changes if you need a casual or...
Spring Cleansing – Ditch the Chemicals

Spring Cleansing – Ditch the Chemicals

You knew I’d get here eventually right?  Actually writing a post about cleaning your house in a healthful way.  I’ve shared a couple of great cleaning recipes using Tea Tree essential oil so far, but today I want to dig into the topic a little deeper. There are several good reasons to look carefully at your cleaning routine.   Cleaning supplies you purchase at the store contain many dangerous ingredients.  After all, there is a reason they have warning labels, right?  Let me show you a quick example.  Here is the ingredient list for a common window cleaner: Commercial Window Cleaner:  water, carriers, cleaning agents, wetting agent, fragrance, dye, and a “formula” Well, that tells me nothing – but the big warning below:  KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN AND PETS is worrisome. How about a window cleaner touted as “natural”? Natural Window Cleaner: corn and coconut derived biodegradeable surfactant, soda ash, potassium hydrate, corn alcohol, fragrance oil, colorant, purified water Okay, I’m still not sure what’s in that cleaner – sounds fancier, but who really knows? Now, take a look at my homemade window cleaner ingredients: Homemade Window Cleaner: 1 cup white vinegar, 1/2 cup rubbing alcohol, 2 1/2 cups water, 1 T cornstarch, 20 drops essential oils (I like lemon or tea tree) Still not something I want my kids to ingest, but at least I know what’s in it, right?  And I know none of the ingredients are of questionable safety if I get it on my skin or inhale the fumes while using it. In addition, I made an entire bottle of this cleaner in less...

Tea Tree All Purpose Cleaner

Welcome Facebook Live Viewers! Ready for a super easy, super effective all purpose cleaner?  Grab your oil of the month (tea tree) and give yourself five minutes and you’ll have an affordable and natural way to get your spring cleaning started: Tea Tree All Purpose Cleaner 1 cup white vinegar 1 cup distilled water 20 drops tea tree essential oil 15 drops lemon essential oil Mix all ingredients in a glass jar.  Use as a regular cleaner (spray and then wipe away).  Store in a cool, dark place and shake bottle before using. I’m slowly weeding out the rest of my chemical laden cleaners and plan on sharing some more ideas next week along with a before and after picture.  What I love about doing this is that not only is it healthier, it’s also easier – less bottles and cleaning “stuff” to deal with! If you haven’t signed up already, be sure to check out my NEW opt-in offer “7 Ways to Become Healthier & Happier THIS Week.”  It’s a terrific jump start to a healthier and happier year! *This post contains affiliate links*...
Spring Cleansing – Food

Spring Cleansing – Food

With summer coming and school ending soon, it’s a great time to clean out the pantry.  I know I need to be ready for the kids to be home most of the day.  I need a pantry that helps me get quick lunches on the table, and makes it easy for them to grab snacks on their own.  In addition, with a daughter in 4-H I need to be stocked up on baking supplies so she can practice her project easily. After a crazy warm winter, the last few days in Indiana have been cold and rainy.  Without the desire to be outside every minute of the day, I was able to spare some free time getting my pantry cleaned and organized.  And it had become quite the mess after the busyness of the last few weeks! I started by taking everything out on one wall (which was a project), throwing out everything expired (not much luckily) and then reorganizing based on food category.  Ditto for the second wall.  Canned foods are now on one shelf, snacks on another, breakfast food is together, grains are together now and in glass or plastic containers, baking supplies, etc.  I found I have a crazy amount of cereal (we only eat cereal on vacation and I suspect that is from a trip to the store my husband and kids handled for me a while back), so some of that needs to be donated, and I’m a bit low on baking supplies.  I also don’t think I ever need to buy barbeque sauce again.  Good to know. Overall, my pantry isn’t full of a...
What is Spring Cleansing?

What is Spring Cleansing?

Yep, you read that right.  Spring CLEANSING, not cleaning.  What’s the difference and why is tea tree essential oil a part of this month’s theme? When I think of spring cleaning, I think of scrubbing down the kitchen cabinets, washing the windows and all that other deep cleaning we don’t do each week.  That’s something we do need to do, but THIS May I want to go deeper.  Do more than just “clean up” the mess.  I’d like to create a deeper clean – a cleanse.  Hopefully one that can create lasting changes.  Lasting changes to our health, environment and life. Although we WILL be cleaning, we’re going to do it in a healthier way and rid ourselves of some of the bad habits and products we’ve used in the past.  And we will do a lot more than clean our house. Tea tree is the ideal oil to dive into this month.  It’s one of those oils that even “non-oily” people have heard about.  It’s perfect to use when making homemade cleaners, but it can also be used in your personal care routine.  Tea tree’s clean, crisp smell is especially terrific in fighting odors and freshening. I use the Young Living brand of tea tree because it’s 100% pure, therapeutic grade tea tree leaf oil. This month I’ll share some ideas around chemical free cleaning and WHY it’s good for your health.  We’ll also delve into cleansing foods, exercise and personal care.  Fun stuff! Want a fun way to start cleaning with Tea Tree?  And hear a little more about the topic of Spring Cleansing?  Check out my recent Facebook...

Books I loved in April 2017

It’s that time of the month again!  Quick reviews on my favorite books.  I read a nice mix of fiction and non-fiction this month.  HERE is the list of everything and below are my favorites: NON-FICTION For those of you in the corporate world like me, I’m sure you’ve heard about and probably engaged in design thinking.  It’s one of the hot new “ways of working.”  This book applies that method to designing your life.  I love it.  It’s a fresh way to think about where you are today and what you want your life to look like.  I also love that there isn’t an “end” – just constant experimentation and new iterations – so just as I preach to my clients – enjoying the process is as important as getting to the end goal.  If you are looking for a new way to create a life you love, give this book a read.  My rating 4.5 out of 5. FICTION Shelby is a typical teenager with a lot of promise in her future until one night she is involved in a horrific accident with her best friend.  After the accident, Shelby unravels from within until her life bears no resemblence to the life she was living before.  The book then takes you through Shelby’s unconventional way back to a life she finds worth living.  I had trouble getting into the book at first, but continued on and ended up loving Shelby and her journey.  My rating 4 out of 5. I actually read this book in one day – I had to find out how it turned out....

The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle Sale

If you’ve been a reader of mine for any length of time, you know I only promote products I believe in. As an added bonus, I love promoting products created by businesses with integrity (you know what I mean?). Well, today I’ve found both. Recently, I started working with the Ultimate Bundles team. Now, Ryan and Stephanie are normal parents who try to save money at the supermarket, worry about what their five kids are eating (and how to keep them healthy), and try to juggle their online businesses while maintaining their relationships with each other and their kids. (Does any of that sound familiar?) But that’s not all. They run their bundle business with super-high standards. Questionable content? Nope, they are picky about what they include in their bundles. Sleazy online salespeople? Give their full money-back guarantee a try and you’ll find out they stick to their word. Anyway, all of that to say: they truly care about running a reputable business! Ryan, Stephanie, and their entire team have been putting together some incredible bundles of digital resources for five years now. You may have seen bundles around from time to time, but here’s what I love about Ultimate Bundles: the quality and value of the resources included in each bundle how easy it is to download and use their amazing customer service team and the physical bonus offers included with each one. And because of your interest in getting more done each day, taking care of yourself and your family and having fun, I have a feeling you’re going to love their newest bundle, and I want to...
My Top 3 Stress Relief Tips

My Top 3 Stress Relief Tips

Hopefully by now you’ve implemented some of my eating to reduce stress and exercise for stress relief tips and are feeling a bit less stressed.  If you’re part of the Oil of the Month Club, I’m sure you are loving the many uses of lavender too – and may be feeling even less stressed thanks to that too! To close out the month, I’m going to share some of my favorite general stress relief tips – add these to your week and see how much better you start feeling. Stress Relief Tips: Take care of yourself.   I think this one is especially hard when you are feeling stressed.  You feel overwhelmed and burnt out already so taking care of yourself feels like just one more “to-do.”  However, I promise that if you take time to take care of yourself, you’ll feel better, your attitude will be better and your stress levels will go down – even if NOTHING else changes in your life.  How to do it?  Eat healthy and nourishing foods, get some exercise, take time to relax each day, take time for fun regularly and get a good night’s sleep.  These are the things I emphasize with my clients, so if you need a little accountability, check out my programs HERE. Take it one step at a time.  When you are feeling overwhelmed, it’s hard to even get started.  So don’t work yourself up thinking about all.the.things.that.must.be.done.  Just do the next step.  One thing.  Then the next, and so on.  Before you know it, you’ve made some serious progress and are feeling like you are accomplishing...
Does Your House Smell?

Does Your House Smell?

I used to have an obsession with the chemcial laden plug ins that promised a lovely scent in your house.  I’m not going to name names, because it doesn’t really matter which brand – they ALL have chemicals in them.  I have to admit since we’ve almost always had pets it was such a relief to walk into a house that smelled like cinammon or something beachy versus wet dog.  So even though I had concerns about what I was putting into the air we breathe, I kept on doing it. Thank goodness I learned about essential oils!  Now I have a way to make my house smell terrific without adding fake ingredients to the air. Although I use my essential oils in many ways, one that I consistently do daily is diffuse oils throughout the house.  There are so many varieties of diffusers out there, but as long as they use water and essential oils only, I haven’t found a huge difference in performance.  Most diffusers will last a few  years if you wipe them out regularly so they are very cost effective.  I love mine so much I travel with at least one when we go on vacation!  Tomorrow I’ll do a Facebook Live video sharing some of my favorite blends as well as how to use the diffusers, but attached below are reviews (and links) to the ones I own and use regularly: This InnoGear is a nice entry level diffuser – it’s reasonably priced (and often on sale), and the quality seems to be decent.  It has a light function too which is kinda fun...

Exercise for Stress Relief

Exercise for stress relief?  Yeah right!  Adding exercise will add to my stress – it’s “one more thing to do.”  Ever said this?  I know I have, and I’ve studied the benefits of exercise, so I KNOW that it will actually reduce my stress levels.  But that’s easier to intellectually know than to actually do when stress levels are high and life is crazy busy.  I get it. Since I find myself having busy weeks often these days, I’ve come up with a few methods to sneak in exercise, along with a plan for when I’m feeling very stressed that will help me feel calmer and ready to take on the world again. Yoga or pilates are always my stress relief go to.  They are perfect exercises for stress reduction, feel great and you can benefit from even 15 to 20 minutes.  In addition, you won’t get all hot and sweaty, so no need to add another shower to your day.  I’ve gone so far as to do a 10 to 20 minute pilates routine in the middle of the day on my office floor – without changing into workout clothing.  Is it ideal?  Nope.  Does it get the job done?  Yep. Walking outside.  There is just something about fresh air and a lovely environment that make you feel better about life.  A brisk walk is perfect for when life is crazy, and if you have a good friend, family or dog to walk with you are doing double duty with relationship building or pet care!  Take ten minutes before work, at lunch and after dinner and you’ve done 30 minutes.  Often...

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